Hirokazu “Hip” Tanaka, composer of dozens of classic Nintendo soundtracks including Tetris, Metroid, and Dr. Mario, is a known fan of concert photography. So it was a pleasant surprise to discover that he bought our book, Chiptography’s at Blip Festival Tokyo 2012, and tweeted about it the next day! I was working the merchandise table early in the night at the second and final night of Blip when a man in a fedora thrust money at me and pointed at a book shortly after doors opened. I bagged the book, pins, stickers, etc for him and he disappeared before I could even wonder who he was. I saw him on stage at the end of the night–turns out he was the surprise guest DJ and closed out the festival! He tweeted out his purchase the next day.
Here’s what’s going on.
Photographs from BinAural/Visual show I curated (and showed work in). This was on Saturday, March 12 2016.
Tate Gregor | Ryan Maguire | Jeff Donaldson | Claire Kwong | Jessen Jurado
Saturday, March 12 730pm – 1030pm
33 Washington Street
Brooklyn NY 11201
Musical performance by
Onetime chip musician PopStar turned full-time music composer Tate Gregor explores dreamy electronic sonic textures as part of his most recent solo project.
Audio/Visual Art Performance by
Claire Kwong is an interactive artist who dramatizes her personal experience with technology. Her work explores how technology mediates human identity, interaction, and the body. She studied computer science and modern culture and media at Brown University. She has presented her work at Spotify, Harvestworks, Judson Memorial Church, the Electronic Literature Organization, and the Modern Language Association Convention.
Artworks on Display:
(The Ghost in the mp3)
Inspired by the infinity of the cosmos, the indeterminacy of the subatomic, and the complexity of life, Ryan Maguire explores the boundaries between the natural world, human experience, and the technologies that act as intermediaries between the two. His work is equal parts technical virtuosity and folk humanism, blurring lines between composition & improvisation, sound & video, acoustic & electric, deterministic & stochastic, fabricated & hand-crafted, analog & digital, lo-fi & high tech, and ultimately between poetry & science. He plays stringed instruments and programs computers, molds materials and builds circuits, writes essays and sings songs.
“Read Error Scarf”
Jeff Donaldson is a visual artist and musician also known as noteNdo and the creator of the clothing brand Glitchaus. Through this brand he has developed a series of textiles based on the glitch aesthetic, and is the creator of the Malwear and EXE series, which use a pattern based on binary data and pixels. His work has appeared at the Royal College of Art in London and he has been interviewed by knittingindustry.com and MIX Magazine in London. His designs have been used by Bodysong for his collection FW15 in Japan, and he has been interviewed by Takuma Fujimoto (aka Nukeme) for Tokyo based MASSAGE massage.
“This Is My Rifle”
Jessen is a Queens, New York-based digital archivist and sometime artist interested in creating or calling attention to artworks devised from useful, existing devices or political leverage or chaos.
A friend gifted me a 5-inch HDMI screen, so I got in the mood to finish the pong clock I started last year. I’m using Don Clark’s pypong python script for it, and found out why the time would drift–(to keep costs down, probably) the Raspberry Pi doesn’t have an onboard timer! To keep accurate time the clock must have an internet connection via ethernet or in this case, wireless USB wlan adapter. I made the ball and paddles smaller and the numbers bigger so it’s more clock than game–the movement can be distracting up close. Next step is to make it autorun on a raspberry pi zero and then find a nice picture frame to display it in.
Continuing to work on the stereo console I found last summer. I refinished the top and sides and cleaned the interior inside and out last year. This week I wired up new 3 inch speakers, a Leipai triamp amplifier, Ion turntable, Bluetooth adapter, and cabinet LED lights. Next up is getting the radio side working again and restore function to the tuning dials and buttons.
I made a NAS this weekend from an old Dell Optiplex FX160 and nas4free. It’s small, runs completely silent and uses very little electricity. I highly recommend this solution if you’re juggling external hard drives for backup. More information at nas4free.org
The concert photography book I edited with Marjorie Becker in 2012 is a featured title in the “Inspiring Festival Books” roundup on Blurb.com: